It is absolutely essential for anyone who owns a business to have a website! This does not have to be some elaborate, expensive, overwhelming thing for you but it absolutely IS a priority!
Why do you NEED a website you ask? The biggest benefit I have found is having the ability to link myself to other sources such as Chambers of Commerce. This is one of the easiest ways to bring business to your doorstep.
It doesn’t matter if you are a gardener or a law firm, you need a website. Your website should be listed on your business cards (another absolute must), your advertising, on emails, everything!
You do not need to hire someone to create a website for you, I promise! Whether you are just starting your business, or you’ve been in business forever, just start today building something and later on you can hire someone if necessary to promote your site. For now, just take one step.
I prefer Network Solutions for building a site. They are very professional, knowledgeable and affordable. I also appreciate the fact that there are no unsightly advertisements showing up on my site. I suggest you order the enhanced site package for one year only so you can get everything set up and make sure it is what you truly want. This package gives you 1,000 pages and 10 email boxes.
Come up with some domain name ideas and get started today! It should cost a little over $100 and it will take you close to five hours to navigate through everything, not including everything you need to write for your site.
Once you publish your site, you can go to the search engines yourself and type “submit my website” and your website will eventually show up. I am not an expert on this but I do know how easy it was for me to set up my site, check it out. It is very plain but it works for me.
Please feel free to email me with any questions you have on this subject. It really is easy and fun – don’t let it scare you!